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What was the group like? Republican or Democrat?
It was the Mormon Church.
And I'm sure that officials of the Church would deny that anything like that ever
took place. But it was sort of heady wine at the time.
And there had been another opportunity along the way -- I'm not sure that I can fix the date,
but it must have been in the late fifties -- the University of California at Berkeley was
looking for new leadership. There were two committees, one made up of a committee from
the Board of Regents and one made up from the faculty of the university. This was the
university system which had campuses in various place in California. The chairman of the
senate committee, of the university senate committee, was Ernest Lawrence, who was the
head of the radiation laboratories in Berkeley. Ernest came in to see me to say that he was
authorized by both the faculty committee and the regents committee to offer me the job of
chancellor. This was very tempting because I saw it as an opportunity to become known in
the state of California through the university, and at some point, if I kept my nose clean and
worked at it, I might be a candidate for the Senate and elected as senators are generally
elected. There was no discussion with Lawrence about that kind of a plan. In fact, when I
had my meeting with him, it was very straightforward in terms of the job to be done as
chancellor. And it was only in my reviewing the opportunity that I came up with the idea
that this might be a way to get an elected position. But a lot of these things come and go.
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